The Lowline Young Designers Program is meant to empower local youth to take an active role in helping design the future uses of the Lowline. By providing a voice to the local community, and by gathering much needed input from a variety of stakeholders, the Lowline Young Designers Program continues the Lowline’s commitment to inclusiveness, innovative design and technology, and the promotion of new urban public space. WATCH our video here.
The Lowline Young Designers Program grew from years of workshops and educational tours at local schools and youth organizations. The Lowline effectively teaches and inspires students in STEAM, because it is a local, technology-based project that directly impacts their lives. Through our inter-disciplinary curriculum, students learn the principles of community-based design: they interview constituents to assess needs of different groups, study the history of the Lower East Side, and learn how to integrate the needs of different stakeholders into their designs. The curriculum includes technical STEAM aspects, such as architecture fundamentals; the Lowline solar lighting system; and the future of green technology. Finally, the students synthesize their knowledge and begin to build 3D models of their ideal Lowline.
The Young Designers Program culminates in a public display of student work, offering students and parents a chance to reflect upon student ideas and to invite community-wide input. The previous month-long exhibit was held at the Mark Miller Gallery on the Lower East Side.
The next exhibit, “Shaping the Lowline” will be held at the Mark Miller Gallery from March 22 - 29 and will feature imaginative work from Asian American for Equality / Lower East Side Preparatory High School, Educational Alliance / Manny Cantor Center, Grand Street Settlement, Henry Street Settlement Abrons Art Center, University Settlement and 14th Street Y. The free public exhibit will also have a number of interactive stations inviting the community to also provide ideas and input.
The Lowline has partnered with over a dozen organizations, both in the Lower East Side and across the City, reaching over 1,000 youth. Additional local organizations are invited to join the Young Designers Program, so even more youth are given an opportunity to provide input and receive a creative STEAM curriculum.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship opportunities or if your organization is interested in learning more about the Lowline Young Designers Program.